Saturday, 14 March 2015

Kier Boss link to Consulting Association

Campaigners against construction industry blacklisting of trade unionists raising safety and other concerns on site have demonstrated outside the offices of a key firm involved in the practice.  The latest leg of GMB’s ‘crocodile tears’ tour arrived on 10 March at the Plymouth offices of construction giant Kier, whose former boss Danny O’Sullivan was involved in blacklisting and was identified over 100 times in a secret blacklister’s database.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 when the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.
Danny O’Sullivan was the main contact between Kier and the illegal blacklister. He went on to become chair of the Consulting Association from 2000 to 2001. The initials D.O’S – for Danny O’Sullivan - appear 103 times in the blacklist files. GMB said the protest was the second date in the second leg of its national protest tour 'to shame 63 construction industry managers named as blacklisters who have yet to come clean and apologise for their actions.'
The second leg of the tour visits Bristol, Plymouth, Epsom, Cambridge, Derby and Bridgend.

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